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Audio Description Project 2012 Achievement Awards


American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project
Announces the 2012 Achievement Awards in Audio Description

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2012 - The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the 2012 Achievement Awards in Audio Description, an initiative of the Council's Audio Description Project (ADP).

In conjunction with ACB's 51st annual conference and convention in Louisville, KY, the awards were presented at a plenary session attended by over 1500 ACB members. The prestigious awards included:

- Achievement in Audio Description - Media: Described and Captioned Media Program, Spartanburg, SC

- Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, KY

- Achievement in Audio Description - Museums: National Park Service, Washington, DC

- Achievement in Audio Description - International: Track One Communications, New Delhi, India

- Dr. Margaret R, Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description - Research and Development: Dr. Philip Piety, Silver Spring, MD

- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description:
Alan Woods, Columbus, OH

The Achievement Awards are made to individuals and/or organizations for outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs. The Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of audio description over an extended period of time, leading, inspiring or providing significant service to others.

"Audio Description uses words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative to convey the visual image from television, film, DVDs, theater, museums and many other settings," stated Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind. "This year's awards are particularly appropriate coming just as the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act mandate for audio description on broadcast television takes effect. The organizations honored with these awards are among the leaders in description. They help make so many aspects of our culture accessible to people who are blind or have low vision; they deserve this special recognition."

Additional information about ACB's Audio Description Project is available at:

About the American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind is a national membership organization. Its members are blind, visually impaired, and fully sighted individuals who are concerned about the dignity and well-being of blind people throughout the nation.

Formed in 1961, the ACB is one of the largest organizations of blind people in the world, with more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates and a nationwide network of chapters and members spanning the globe.

For more information about the American Council of the Blind, contact: Melanie Brunson, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind, 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201; phone (202) 467-5081 or toll-free, 1-800-424-8666; or visit the web site,